Adam C. Bad Wound (Lakota)
Vice President of Philanthropy, GRID Alternatives
Founder, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund
Adam’s mission is to strengthen people and planet through philanthropy. As Vice President of Philanthropy, Adam leads GRID Alternatives’ organization-wide strategies to advance philanthropic partnerships and promote a culture of philanthropy. Adam founded the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund in 2018 and serves as the leading executive for all grant-making activities, solar project development, and tribal partnerships. Adam is a frequent speaker and thought leader on energy sovereignty and related topics.
Adam is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a certified naturalist from the University of California, and is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at Harvard University. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and two master’s degrees in education policy and sociology from Stanford University, where he serves on the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association.
Tanksi M. Clairmont (Lakota/Dakota)
Director, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund
Tanksi is an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota) from Sisseton, SD, and a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from Rosebud, S.D. She was born and raised in Denver, CO where she attended K-12 Public schools, and earned a B.A. degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. A few years later, she relocated to Minneapolis, MN where she earned a Master’s in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is deeply rooted in Lakota/Dakota culture through ceremony, language, and social dancing (pow-wow). Tanksi enjoys exercising, sewing and beading traditional regalia, reading, traveling, and best of all being a mother. Tanksi is married to Marcus Denny, a Menominee tribal member from Keshena, WI. He is a combat veteran in the Marine Corps, and a K-8 special education teacher in Jefferson County, CO.
Tanksi brings her experience in grant administration, coordination, research and evaluation from the National Conference of State Legislatures and prior to that, from the American Indian College Fund. She has worked extensively in Indian Country on energy policy and advocating tribal issues on energy, higher education in tribal communities, and in her spare time research and data collection on Native American collegiate athletes. Her personal and professional goals are focused on improvement, advancement and capacity building across Indian Country, specifically to help address the unique economic, social and environmental needs while developing, strengthening and enhancing relationships with tribal constituents, government relations, funders and industry stakeholders.
Tanksi served on the American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) founding committee from June 2016 – August 2018. AIAD an indigenous based charter school that will open fall 2019. She was instrumental in conceptualization of the school, planning and designing the start-up plan, and throughout the Denver Public School board interview and approval process. She has also served as chairwoman on the Jefferson County Indian Education Committee from 2014 – 2017, where she worked with parents of k-12 students to understand the importance of Native American student’s contributions and perspectives at the student, institutional, and systemic level of public education. Throughout the year, you will find Tanksi and her family doing cultural presentations at schools, colleges, organizations, and events to generate awareness and understanding of issues facing Indian Country.
National Grants Manager, GRID Alternatives
Jess started with GRID on the roof as a volunteer, and has been a member of the Headquarters Philanthropy team since 2015. In her current role as National Grants Manager, Jess leads proposal writing and grants management for GRID’s major foundation and corporate philanthropic partnerships. Prior to GRID, she worked in grants management at the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, CA; she has also served in a wide range of Development roles in the nonprofit sector, primarily in the arts and environmental education. Jess holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Social & Environmental Responsibility, from the Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College.